Savory Cheese Crust
|All purpose flour||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Frozen unsalted butter||4 Tablespoon, cut into small cubes|
|Frozen vegetable shortening||2 Tablespoon, cut into small cubes|
|Coarsely grated cheddar cheese||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Ice water||2 Tablespoon|
1. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour and salt. Cut in the butter, shortening and cheese until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in the water, gather the dough into a ball and flatten into a 6-inch disk. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, at least 30 minutes.
2. Preheat the oven to 400°. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry into a 12-inch circle. Fit into a 10-inch pie pan. Trim the dough to 1/2 inch, turn under and crimp the edges. Prick the pastry all over with a fork. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
3. Line the pastry with foil and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 15 minutes, or until set. Remove the pie weights and continue baking until golden, about 10 minutes. Let cool completely on a rack before filling.